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Letter Sound Fluency, Letter Baseball

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Activity Type: Build Fluency
Activity Form: Game
Grade: K, 1
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Letter cards, index cards, bucket
Goal: Given a sound, the student can identify words with that begin with that sound ("/d/" -> "dog”).
Items: All letter sounds learned so far.

What to do

  1. Before beginning the game print Letter Cards and glue them to sturdy index cards. Take five blank index cards and label them "Home Run", "Single", "Double", "Triple", and "Out."
  2. Take 4 more blank index cards and label them "Home Plate", "First Base", "Second Base", and "Third Base." Post first base at the front of the room. Continue posting the signs around the room to form a diamond shape.
  3. Today we are going to play a game of baseball! Raise your hand if you like to play baseball. We need two teams to play baseball. Divide the class into two teams.
  4. When your team is up to bat, I will call up one person. When it is your turn, you must come up to home plate. Show students where home plate is.
  5. I am going to show you a letter. You will bat by giving me a word that starts with that letter. If you answer correctly, you can pick a card from the baseball plays in this bucket. Your card will tell you where to go.
  6. Show students where they will the first, second, and third bases in the classroom.
  7. If you get the card that says "Out" your team gets one out and you must sit down. When your team gets three outs, the other team is up to bat.
  8. As soon as someone from your team makes it back to home plate you score a run! We will keep track of the runs on the chalkboard.
  9. Does anyone have any questions? Answer any questions.
  10. Okay, let’s get started.
  11. For variation, you can choose a student to be the pitcher. That student will be in charge of holding up cards for the batter. You can also choose a student to be the scorekeeper on the chalkboard.
  12. Observe students. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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